Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) encompasses health care provided outside the realm of conventional Western medicine (medicine as practiced by medical doctors, doctors of osteopathy, and ancillary professionals, such as registered nurses and physical and occupational therapists). As more and more complementary treatments are studied and proven effective, they are being adopted by, and thus called, conventional therapy. With increasing public awareness, elements of CAM are being absorbed into conventional medicine and into the everyday lives of people. Surveys and studies are increasingly ...

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